Soundbites: New Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Ford Motor Company unveiled the 200 mile-per-hour Mustang in Los Angeles and it stole the show. The New Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang is the most powerful production V8 engine in the world. It is powered by an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. Jamal Hameedi, SVT Chief Engineer, says this is the ultimate production Ford Mustang.

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“It absolutely is the most powerful and it really is just the ultimate Mustang that you can buy off the showroom floor with a full factory warranty nothing that we’ve ever done has approached the performance levels in the Mustang line-up… of this car.” :15 sec.
Hameedi says the Mustang BOSS 302 prompted the making of the 2013 Shelby GT 500 Mustang.
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”What we wanted to do is maintain separation in the lineup, when we started looking at ways to do that, and keeping the Shelby clearly separated from the BOSS that drove a lot of the power and the handling changes…the BOSS 444 horsepower, this car is now 650 horsepower.” :22 sec.
Hameedi says this car’s power will attract buyers to the showroom.
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“There are thousands and thousands of loyal customers out there right now and really what we wanted to do was bring them back to the showroom and give them a very compelling reason to upgrade to the latest and greatest Shelby.” :15 sec.
The New Shelby GT500 sets a performance-driven design standard with new downforce-generating front grilles, aggressive splitter, new quad exhaust system and two new forged-aluminum wheels. Hameedi says last year Ford had an optional performance package, this year it will be standard.
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”What we’ve done for the 13 cars we’ve made all of the content of the prior-performance package standard, so you get the, the forge wheels tires, the Gen-2, supercars F-1 Good years standard and suspension tuning of the performance package, that comes standard. And then what we did was to take another step forward is we created a new performance package for 13, which incorporates Bilstein electric dampers and a Torsen Rear limited slip differential.” :32 sec.
As you might expect the car does require high octane gasoline, but the engineers were able to avoid the gas-guzzler tax.
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“So what we did, the gearing that we implemented on this car helps a lot, we increased the compression ratio, that helps fuel economy quite a bit and we worked a lot on the engine calibration to absolutely minimize the fuel consumption.” :14 sec.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be built at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and be in showrooms by late spring or early summer of next year.

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